… Oscar Picks

So I gotta say, I haven’t seen all the nominated films.  But I got all excited reading the mug’s nominations so I gotsa to fill in mine.  Ditto on the order, best to suckiest, with N/As on the bottom that I haven’t seen.  I’ll update along the way after I’ve watched the other films.  So far I agree with the mug, the best leading actor should have gone to Ryan Gosling for Blue Valentine.

BEST PICTURE

Commentary:  Black Swan rocked it this year.  I mean, visually orgasmic, emotionally riveting, powerful performance by Natalie Portman.  That said Winter’s Bone I thought was a wonderfully crafted beautiful movie.  Social Network was good, but somewhat overrated, and I ❤ Pixar.
Black Swan
Winter’s Bone
Toy Story 3
The King’s Speech
The Fighter
The Social Network
The Kids Are All Right
True Grit
Inception
127 Hours

ACTRESS IN LEADING ROLE

Commentary:  The best actor/actress roles are always difficult for me, because it’s hard evaluate.  Do you pick who is the most true to the role and most believable, or who you think did that role better than anyone else could, because the two are not always the same.  In this case, I think they are a bit different.  Natalie Portman gave an amazing performance that would have been difficult to replicate for anyone else.  That said, Jennifer Lawrence was so real, so raw in her role, she did an amazing job, especially given her young age.

Natalie Portman
Jennifer Lawrence
Michelle Williams
Annette Bening
Nicole Kidman (N/A)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Commentary:  The best actor nominations were a huge disappointment this year.  Really… Jessie Eisenberg was chosen as a nominee over Ryan Gosling?  First of all, I have issue because Justin Timberland (Justin TIMBER-lake for god’s sake) and Andrew Garfield totally stole Eisenberg’s thunder in the movie.  Eisenberg was little more than a wallflower, which is fine if that’s what it’s supposed be about, but honestly, a movie about Facebook where Zuckerberg is supposed to be a wallflower?  Seems a bit unbelievable.  Not only that, but the role was hardly a stretch for Eisenberg.  Given the two qualifications above in the leading lady category, being realistic in the role, and not seeing anyone else who could do the role better, Eisenberg fills neither qualification. I mean, I still confuse Eisenberg with Michael Cera and sometimes Adam Samberg.  Also, though Colin Firth was good in The King’s Speech, he still seemed to be little more than Mr. Darcy with a stutter.

Colin Firth
Jeff Bridges
James Franco
Jesse Eisenberg
Javier Bardem (N/A)

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Commentary:  Melissa Lao does a remarkable job of the messed up mom of Mickey Ward. Hailee Steinfield does an admirable job of keeping up with her co-stars, especially given her age, but even so I didn’t think it was the best I’ve seen of Jeff Bridges or Matt Damon.  Also, why is Steinfield in the supporting role category whereas Jeff Bridges is in the leading role category?

Melissa Leo

Hailee Steinfield
Amy Adams
Helena Bonham Carter
Jacki Weaver (N/A)

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Commentary:  This was a difficult decision.  I was all set on John Hawkes, and then I saw the Fighter.  Christian Bale did an incredible job as Nicky Ward.  However, John Hawkes had an amazing portrayal of Teardrop, and cannot believe he’s also freaking Lennon on Lost AND Dustin Powers on Eastbound and Down, AND he doesn’t seem like an asshole in public.  The man’s talent knows no bounds.

Christian Bale

John Hawkes
Geoffrey Rush
Mark Ruffalo
Jeremy Renner (N/A)

DIRECTING

Commentary:  Darren Aronfsky’s directing for Black Swan was remarkable, marvelous and awe-inspiring.  Beautifully tangled, artfully directed, though one comment I have is that did anyone else think it’s weird that Black Smoke monster music was on while the Black Swan emerged?  In addition, Tom Hopper did a bang-up job for The King’s Speech, some innovative camera shots and close ups especially considering it’s Victorian context.  I’d add Blue Valentine here as well, and although Derek Cianfrance’s methods are certain unconventional and probably inapplicable for any other setting, the style ended up being so overly intimate, it would be hard to imagine anything else more appropriate for that film.

Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan
Tom Hopper for The King’s Speech
Coen Brothers for True Grit
David Fincher for The Social Network
David O. Russel for The Fighter

OSCAR PICKS

In anticipation for the upcoming Oscars, the Fat Kids are making Oscar picks.  Here are the picks for the Mug.  They are RANKED in order from choicest pick at the top, to suckiest at the bottom.  The films that have not been seen are marked “N/A”.  And for the record, best leading actor should have gone to Ryan Gosling for Blue Valentine.

BEST PICTURE

Black Swan

 

 

The Social Network
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
True Grit
Winter’s Bone
The Kids Are All Right
Toy Story 3
Inception
127 Hours (N/A)

ACTRESS IN LEADING ROLE

Natalie Portman

 

 

Nicole Kidman
Michelle Williams
Jennifer Lawrence
Annette Bening

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Colin Firth

 

 

Jeff Bridges
Jesse Eisenberg
James Franco (N/A)
Javier Bardem (N/A)

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Hailee Steinfield

 

 

Melissa Leo
Amy Adams
Helena Bonham Carter
Jacki Weaver (N/A)

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Christian Bale

 

 

John Hawkes
Geoffrey Rush
Mark Ruffalo
Jeremy Renner (N/A)

DIRECTING

Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan

 

 

David O. Russel for The Fighter
David Fincher for The Social Network
Tom Hopper for The King’s Speech
Coen Brothers for True Grit

The King’s Speech

Colin Firth…oh you have aged, but I still wouldn’t kick you outta bed. Even with that stammer and grim stare, you’re awfully adorable. So I have been cramming in some oscar nominated films I haven’t gotten around to yet, and the king’s speech has been on my list, since it’s a frontwinner to win the oscar’s. Oscar-worthy? Probably. Was it better than the Social Network? Possibly.

The story about King George the VI’s speech impediment was one I had never heard of before, and the film made it quite clear how incredible awkward and uncomfortable it was to listen to the former King of England. Good points to the film: great acting by Colin Firth, historical story I was not familiar with, likability of characters. Not so good points: story kind of dragged a bit, not the best roles for Helena Bonham Carter or Geoffrey Rush, and well, it was about a bunch of old dead white folks. Like there haven’t been about a million and one movies written about old dead white folks. There seemed to be definitely chemistry between the main characters, you could believe that they genuinely liked each other. Not terribly ground-breaking or innovative, there were some interesting camera shots that I think haven’t been tried in these types of traditional Victorian-esque films, but not a bad film all around. I think I just would have liked it better if it didn’t remind me so much of Howard’s End or Remains of the Day or any other dozen movies out there of old English people.

That said, it was enjoyable, one of the better movies I’ve seen in the last year for sure….$9

If you heart The King’s Speech:
Recommendations from …:
Young Victoria
Remains of the Day
Howard’s End

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